NEWS

In Rhett’s own words:

In late January of 2014, I entered Portland, Oregon’s legendary Jackpot Studios accompanied by my friends in the band Black Prairie. John, Jon, Jenny, Nate, Chris, Annalisa and I tracked quickly. Almost everything you hear on The Traveler was recorded live on the floor of Jackpot during that beautiful week. The great Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey came in later and helped out with a few overdubs and that was pretty much it.
My favorite thing about music is the friendship it engenders. And the best way to make music is to get some friends together in a room and roll tape. That’s how The Traveler came to be. I’m so grateful to Black Prairie for all the fun we had making The Traveler.

Thanks for listening. Please enjoy.

-Rhett Miller

Track List

1. Wanderlust
2. Jules
3. Most in the Summertime
4. My Little Disaster
5. Fair Enough
6. Kiss Me On The Fire Escape
7. Lucky Star
8. Escape Velocity
9. Dreams vs. Waking Life
10. Wicked things
11. Good Night
12. Reasons to Live

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Wheels Off: The Rhett Miller Show
with Murry Hammond, Jen Kirkman, & Very Special Guests!
Largo
Friday, March 6, 2015
Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM

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Wheels Off: The Rhett Miller Show is a variety show featuring Rhett Miller and his all-star friends. Modeled after an old-school variety show, Wheels Off will feature music, comedy, a little bit of discussion, and maybe even a skit here and there. Past shows have included guests, Jon Brion, Rob Delaney, Ryan Miller, Joey Santiago (Pixies), Rami Jaffee, Jenny O, Jen Kirkman, James Adomian & many others. Always a blast so come on down!

Tickets are $30 and available ONLINE ONLY.

Seat assignments begin at 6:00PM, Doors open for drinks at 7:00PM, Showtime at 8:00PM | When you arrive at Will Call on the night of the show, seats will be assigned first come first served, from the front of the theatre to the back. If you want to sit closer, be sure to come earlier.

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YouTube Cover Contest

March 1, 2015 (5 weeks ago)

Have you ever noticed how many great covers of Old 97’s songs there are on YouTube? We love to see a good cover video, so we want to share them with you guys and pick the very best ones!

Here’s how it works — just find your favorite Old 97’s cover on YouTube and comment on this post with a link to it. Every link posted will be a “nomination.” We’ll pick finalists and share them in a playlist so everyone can vote on their favorite, and feature a finalist a day on Facebook during the voting period.

And yes, you can nominate yourself. And yes, you can record a video just for the contest. Any original Old 97’s song, any instrumentation.

The final winner will get a special prize package, and SO WILL THE NOMINATOR. Whoa.

So start poking around YouTube and see what you can find, or get busy making your own video.

Deadline for nominations is Friday 3/13.

As 2014 comes to a close, please indulge us as we reflect back on the incredible year that was for this band we all adore.

April delivered unto the Universe a 10th album, Most Messed Up, as rowdy, raucous and youthful as the 97’s stellar first effort 20 years prior. MMU is so full of life, piss and vinegar, delivered with the skill of a band of musical brothers who know EXACTLY who they are at this stage of the game, and make no excuses for it.

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All Old 97’s albums are greeted with open arms by fans, but this one… this one was special. This one was more personal. This one gives an honest account of what it is to live life as a musician. The highs, the lows, the justification of vocation, along with a couple signature, whip-smart narrative tales that hook you right in.

Absolutely brilliant!

The critics noticed, too. Reveiw after review, they threw accolades instead of underwear at our favorite foursome’s opus. MMU marked their highest spot ever on Billboard’s chart, logging in at number 30.

Truth be told, there were a few unmentionables tossed Rhett’s way. I’m looking at you, WXPN members.

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there’s always a wiseguy in the crowd. it’s not really Rhett’s color.

 

As fans, we could not have asked for a greater gift to celebrate Spring. Well, okay, maybe an accompanying touring season.

Held ten days prior to the official release date, the guys played a special CD release homecoming at the AT&T Performing Arts in Dallas. Sharing the stage with Black Joe Lewis, Slobberbone and Madison King, the evening was a happy peak in a year full of high points.

Dallas was the precursor to an extensive tour in support of MMU in which the band was accompanied on the road by the dynamic, female-lead bands of Nikki Lane, Lydia Loveless and Madison King. It was all about the ladies. Each of these lovelies joined Rhett on stage to put her spin on 4 Leaf Clover.

Oh yeah, then there was this one amazing east coast beach run with none other than Tommy Stinson! I can personally vouch for this leg. The Stone Pony gig in particular was off-its-head good. Beach, boardwalk and bikinis bring out the best in these four lads.

 

And then there was that one crazy night in Brooklyn when the power went out, canceling the show. That didn’t deter Rhett and Murry from taking their act on the road, literally. They performed a mini concert at the backstage door for the stranded fans.

And people wonder why we’re such devoted fans.

 

 

 

 

2014 also brought the release of the first music video since 2008’s Dance With Me. An entertaining glimpse at the tour life habits of our favorite foursome, Let’s Get Drunk and Get It On includes a fun tongue-in-cheek peek into the secret of Rhett’s youthful appearance. I don’t know about you, but the elevator muzak version of this rocker alone is worth its weight in gold.

 

 

During their west coast run, the guys hooked up with Rainn Wilson’s Soul Pancake to record a sidewalk session of Longer Than You’ve Been Alive.

 

 

And let’s not forget their opening title cameo on The Daily Show when Jon and the gang visited Austin. That’s some crazy cowboy gear right there. Okay, we all can totally see Murry wearing that shirt for real, right? That thing was made for him!

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Not only was 2014 a celebration of this new, spirited album, it also was the 20th anniversary of Old 97’s debut album, Hitchhike to Rhome. Recorded in a matter of days on a shoe-string budget, the songs and themes are just as poignant now as then. To commemorate this 20-year milestone, Rip Rowan was entrusted with engineering an anniversary reissue including a dozen demos, and a couple of never-released songs, all of which came out in November. Rip talks at length about his thoughts on the re-release here.

 

The theater even recreated the HTR album cover in their front window to mark the occasion

To mark the milestone, the band played HTR in its entirety on a four-night Texas run in December. Lucky fans traveled from near and far to take a step back in time. The final show took place in the beautiful Majestic theater in Dallas, booked by their onetime manager and former Killbilly drummer, Mike Schwedler. It was a This Is Your Life time capsule affair with individuals like Alan Wooley (former guitarist of Killbilly and producer of HTR) joining the band on stage and back stage to reminise. That evening the band came full circle–beginning and ending on Elm Street– only this time in a much, MUCH nicer venue.

You can read reviews from San Antonio, Austin and several from Dallas here here and here.
(many thanks to Kristie Gripp for the use of her outstanding photos from Austin and Dallas)

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The final weeks of 2014 saw Most Messed Up land on a huge number of “Best Of” lists, including WXPN’s David Dye’s. And the 97’s took home some hardware from the Dallas Observer Music Awards for Best Album, Best Alt-Country Act and Best Male Vocalist.

 

The band are closing out this magical year with a double shot in DC for New Year’s Eve. When the bell strikes midnight, these four talented Texans can raise their glasses and give a toast to one helluva year in Old 97’s history.

From the bottom of our collective fan hearts, thanks to Rhett, Murry, Ken and Philip for the fabulous ride! May 2015 keep this magnificent train a-rolling.

 

 

 

 

HITCHHIKE TO RHOME EXPANDED ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OUT TODAY

Now available as 2-CD (with 12 bonus tracks) or 2-LP package

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We’re pleased as punch to finally release the new, expanded Hitchhike to Rhome today!

Courtesy of Omnivore Recordings, the 2-CD version of Hitchhike To Rhome contains the original album, coupled with a second disc of those 12 rare and unreleased tracks, many mixed from the original multi-tracks for the first time by longtime Old 97’s engineer Rip Rowan. The double LP (limited edition first pressing on translucent orange vinyl) features the LP on three sides with six of the recently unearthed tracks on Side 4. The download card included gives the buyer the complete 2-CD program. Both formats include rare photos, memorabilia and notes from Ken Bethea.

The entire album has been remixed from original session tapes by Rip Rowan. Check out his blog post about the experience.

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Don’t forget the December shows where we’ll be playing the album in its entirety as well as a 2nd set of favorites. The “Hitchhike to Home: 20th Anniversary of hitchhike to rhome” tour will visit 4 Texas cities:

Wednesday December 10 – San Antonio at Sam’s Joint with Deathray Davies
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Thursday December 11 – Austin at the Parish with the inimitable Homer Henderson One Man Band!
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Friday December 12 – Houston at legendary Fitzgerald’s with Deathray Davies
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Saturday December 13 – Dallas at the historic Majestic Theatre with Matt Hillyer
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CD TRACK LIST:

Disc One

St. Ignatius

504

Drowning In The Days

Miss Molly

Dancing With Tears

4 Leaf Clover

Wish The Worst

Old 97’s Theme

Doreen

Hands Off

Mama Tried

Stoned

If My Heart Was A Car

Desperate Times

Ken’s Polka Thing

Tupelo County Jail

Disc Two

St. Ignatius (demo cassette version)

Drowning In The Days

(demo cassette version)

Making Love With You

(demo cassette version)


Stoned (demo cassette version)

Dancing With Tears (demo)*

Ivy (demo)*


Eyes For You*


Crying Drunk*


Victoria*


Old 97’s Theme Spgeddi*

Alright By Me*


Desperate Times*

 

 

LP TRACK LIST

Side One

St. Ignatius

504

Drowning In The Days

Miss Molly

Dancing With Tears

Side Two

4 Leaf Clover

Wish The Worst

Old 97’s Theme

Tupelo County Jail

Doreen

Hands Off

Side Three

Mama Tried

Stoned

If My Heart Was A Car

Desperate Times

Ken’s Polka Thing

Tupelo County Jail

Side Four

Crying Drunk*


Dancing With Tears (demo)

Ivy (demo)*


Victoria*


Eyes For You*

Old 97’s Theme Spgeddi*

* Previously unissued.

 

December HTR Mini-Tour

October 27, 2014

Old 97’s to perform at Dallas’ historic Majestic Theatre on Saturday, December 13 in celebration of their classic debut album’s 20th anniversary.

 

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The festive evening will feature the band performing Hitchhike to Rhome in its entirety as well as a 2nd set of tunes from their extensive catalog. Come for an evening of nostalgia and revelry as the band weaves their way through their 20+ year history of songwriting and music.  Also, Old 97’s proudly welcome local honky-tonk hero Matt Hillyer to open the event with a solo set of his incredible talent.

The Majestic show coincides with the November 17 release of Omnivore Recordings expanded reissue of Hitchhike to Rhome on 2-CD, digital and — for the first time — on double LP. Included in the reissue is a treasure trove of never before heard out-takes and demos.

http://omnivorerecordings.com/press-release-old-97s-hithchike-to-rhome/

The “Hitchhike to Home: 20th Anniversary of hitchhike to rhome” tour will visit 4 Texas cities:

Wednesday December 10 – San Antonio at Sam’s Joint with Deathray Davies

Thursday December 11 – Austin at the Parish with the inimitable Homer Henderson One Man Band!

Friday December 12 – Houston at legendary Fitzgerald’s with Deathray Davies

Saturday December 13 – Dallas at the historic Majestic Theatre with Matt Hillyer

 

OLD 97’s’ CLASSIC DEBUT HITCHHIKE TO RHOME RECEIVES EXPANDED 20th ANNIVERSARY REISSUE ON OMNIVORE RECORDINGS

Out 11/17/14—1994 indie debut release now available as 2-CD (with 12 bonus tracks) or 2-LP package

 

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The official press release:

DALLAS, Texas — The Old 97’s burst onto the alt-country scene in 1994 with their independently released debut, Hitchhike To Rhome. With subsequent albums on Bloodshot, Elektra, New West, and ATO Records, the quartet became one of the Americana genre’s most enduring bands.

To celebrate this anniversary, Omnivore Recordings will reissue Hitchhike, the band’s first album, with an expanded release on 2-CD, digital, and — for the first time — on double LP. Street date is November 17, 2014.

When band member and set co-producer Ken Bethea was revisiting the original tapes for this reissue, he discovered a treasure trove of eight extra tracks cut at the album sessions — many of which the band hadn’t even remembered recording. It seemed the perfect time to bring those previously unissued songs to light and add the tracks from their first four-song demo cassette to round out the early picture of the 97’s.

The 2-CD version of Hitchhike To Rhome contains the original album, coupled with a second disc of those 12 rare and unreleased tracks, many mixed from the original multi-tracks for the first time by longtime Old 97’s engineer Rip Rowan. The double LP (limited edition first pressing on translucent orange vinyl) features the LP on three sides with six of the recently unearthed tracks on Side 4. The download card included gives the buyer the complete 2-CD program. Both formats include rare photos, memorabilia and notes from Bethea.

The entire album has been remixed from original session tapes by Rip Rowan.

From the Too Far To Care reissue complete with demos (also available separately on vinyl as They Made A Monster), to the band’s sessions with the great Waylon Jennings, Omnivore continues to add to the Old 97’s legacy with this integral, early part of their history and catalog.

Return to the origins of the Old 97s with Return to Rhome!

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Check out this blog post from engineer Rip Rowan >

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CD TRACK LIST:

Disc One

St. Ignatius

504

Drowning In The Days

Miss Molly

Dancing With Tears

4 Leaf Clover

Wish The Worst

Old 97’s Theme

Doreen

Hands Off

Mama Tried

Stoned

If My Heart Was A Car

Desperate Times

Ken’s Polka Thing

Tupelo County Jail

 

Disc Two

St. Ignatius (demo cassette version)

Drowning In The Days

(demo cassette version)

Making Love With You

(demo cassette version)


Stoned (demo cassette version)

Dancing With Tears (demo)*

Ivy (demo)*


Eyes For You*


Crying Drunk*


Victoria*


Old 97’s Theme Spgeddi*

Alright By Me*


Desperate Times*

 

 

LP TRACK LIST

Side One

St. Ignatius

504

Drowning In The Days

Miss Molly

Dancing With Tears

Side Two

4 Leaf Clover

Wish The Worst

Old 97’s Theme

Tupelo County Jail

Doreen

Hands Off

Side Three

Mama Tried

Stoned

If My Heart Was A Car

Desperate Times

Ken’s Polka Thing

Tupelo County Jail

Side Four

Crying Drunk*


Dancing With Tears (demo)

Ivy (demo)*


Victoria*


Eyes For You*

Old 97’s Theme Spgeddi*

* Previously unissued.

 

T-Shirt Design Contest

September 12, 2014

It’s been a couple of years since our last t-shirt design contest. And who can forget the last winner, Clay Billman’s excellent Bright Spark design? Well it’s that time again. We’ll be accepting designs from now till October 1, then we’ll post finalists on Facebook for feedback before the band makes their selection. “What’s in it for me?,” you ask? Let’s see:

 

WINNER
– An invitation to the sound check before the next live show of your choice*
– 1 CD or vinyl album of your choice from the old97s.com store
– The joy and satisfaction of having your shirt design printed and worn by Old 97’s fans everywhere
– 2 Tshirts featuring your design

FINALISTS
– A complete set of the Summer 2014 Tour poster set
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To enter, just email your design to noreplyold97s@gmail.com.

Some entries will be shared on social media along the way, but these shares may or may not be finalists when the time comes.

Have fun!

 

 

UPDATE

We’re a little behind schedule but you can now vote on the finalists on Facebook. Go here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

– * Some restrictions apply. I don’t what restrictions, it depends on the venue and random acts of nature and such. But we’ll do our damnedest. Just you wait.